Mayor John Biggs today held a meeting with representatives of the East London Mosque, the Metropolitan Police, and Chief Executive of Tower Hamlets to discuss the recent provocations from Britain First and the legal options available to confront and block such incidents.
Following recent provocative actions of Britain First in Tower Hamlets, Mayor Biggs has led the response of the council, police, and other community safety partners, working with council officers to support the Mosque and ensure local people are protected. The Mayor publicly demanded stronger police action to tackle racist provocations, and the most recent appearance of Britain First saw two members being arrested.
In recognition of the widespread community demand for a ban, Tower Hamlets Council and the Metropolitan Police are considering the legal powers available to seek to block future incidents, including the use of a Community Protection Notice, a new measure introduced in the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.
Mayor John Biggs said: ‘The hatred and division of Britain First has no place in Tower Hamlets. Today I met with representatives from East London Mosque, the Metropolitan Police and senior council officers to discuss my call for further action to prevent violence coming to our streets. We have agreed to pursue legal channels to try to prevent provocative demonstrations by Britain First and other groups.
“We are pursuing a Community Protection Notice, which would block behaviour that has a detrimental effect on quality of life. This may take some time to implement and we are working together with police and other agencies to expedite it.
“I stand in solidarity with all residents of Tower Hamlets, and particularly our Muslim community, who feel threatened by the provocative actions of Britain First. We must continue to send the strong message that Britain First is not welcome in any corner of our Borough.”